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2015 Chateau de la Charriere Beaune 1er Cru "Clos des Vignes Franches"
Review Date: 09-25-2017
The brooding, earthy and dark-fruited 2015 Clos des Vignes Franches, with notes of black cherry and warm baking spices, is a well-built, rich and concentrated wine. Demonstrating plenty of dark, ripe, flavor-intense fruit on the mid-palate with super clean style, this is a great example of the vintage. While completely delicious now, this wine has supreme potential in the medium term, making it a rewarding pick-up for this autumn and even the next.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chateau de la Charriere Santenay 1er Cru "Gravieres"
Review Date: 09-25-2017
A delicious Indian summer sipper that will segue nicely into the holidays. The nose here is vibrant and expressive, showing a bounty of ripe red fruit with layers of star anise and rose petals. Made from completely destemmed fruit, the Gravieres is a beautiful representation of Santenay, balanced with silky tannins and made to enjoy over an autumn dinner.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chateau de la Charriere Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune
Review Date: 09-25-2017
Fun and versatile. Talk about a Burgundy party wine in a bottle! This is a soft, easy-drinking, juicy expression, dominated by ripe red cherry aromas. Think cherry cola—refreshing, delicious and a total bargain!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chateau de la Charriere Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Champs Morjot"
Review Date: 09-25-2017
My favorite pick for early fall, this wine begins with a soothing aroma of vanilla and lemon curd and shows lively acidity and good structure. The texture is creamy with notes of both yellow apple and citrus. The finish is classic, rich and persistent. I can’t imagine a better value Chassagne-Montrachet on the shelf. Highly recommended!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2015 Zorzal Eggo "Tinto de Tiza" Mendoza
Review Date: 08-02-2017
Black mountain fruit reigns supreme here, with an interesting hint of violet. Expressive, round and inviting, this wine was a total standout in a recent line-up of malbec's that KL staffers tasted through. Holding it's volume and weight extremely well, this wine delivers a robust yet fresh intensity that is pure and delicious. Make this your next BBQ pick! Super Recommended.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini Greece
Review Date: 08-02-2017
This is like a vacation in a bottle! Super fresh, and delicious from start to finish. The entry is clean with notes of salty crystalline acidity showing layers of citrus and minerality. Super elegant and complex, I can't wait to get this home and share with friends over a lemon-garlic shrimp.dinner. Super Recommended!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Domaine Trapet Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 08-02-2017
Here's a sunny day sipper that is easy and ready for immediate drinking.The nose has aromas of a lemon-like confection and on palate releases ripe and juicy pear and stonefruit notes with a nice texture and body. This would be a an excellent choice for a quick mid-week pan-roasted fish dinner.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Pommard "En Brescul"
Review Date: 07-05-2017
Powerful Pommard, with strong aromas of black cherry and black raspberry. This wine has nice concentration, density and grip with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove, yet stays crisp and crunchy in the mouth. A solid release!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Pernot-Bélicard Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Perrières"
Review Date: 06-14-2017
With a distinctly spicy nose, the palate is rich and round expressing generous yellow ripe fruit notes with stony layers of minerality and salinity. This is juicy and luxurious!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Pernot-Belicard Meursault "Vieilles Vignes"
Review Date: 06-14-2017
Here's a great pick for affordable luxury drinking with this classic expression of Meursault. Aromas of honeysuckle on the nose, this coats the mouth with flavors of baked pear and stone fruit with a crispy kick of lemon, and light nutty toast.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Gravains"
Review Date: 06-14-2017
Here's a totally beautiful expression with aromas of violet and spice. The mid-palate is ripe with generous black cherry fruit showing a gravelly layer of minerality with fleshy body and chewy tannins. There's nice volume, power and balance here proving that Premier Crus can still be affordable and make amazing food partners. Super recommended!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2016 Fabien Collonge Beaujolais Rose
Review Date: 05-31-2017
Summertime super value! Fresh, dry, vibrant and custom made for sipping this season. This wine is full of fresh and fruity flavors with lemon-like acidity. This is a great picnic wine and will make a fun and versatile food partner.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2014 Bodegas Puelles Segundo Año Rioja
Review Date: 05-31-2017
Perfect party wine! Here you have a flirtatious, ripe, red fruited nose backed with generous fresh cherry flavor and a hint of oak spice. This is a luscious, value-driven sipper perfect for your next BBQ. Recommended!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2014 Sierra de Toloño Rioja
Review Date: 05-31-2017
Here's a fresh, modern take on Rioja Alvesa with a nod back to ancient wine making. Fermented in amphora, this wine shows a purity of generous fleshy red fruit, yet holds it's proportion with lively acidity. This is fresh, elegant, everyday easy drinking done well! I will be pouring this at my next Paella party. Super recommended!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Laventura Viura Rioja
Review Date: 05-30-2017
New Wave Rioja producer, Laventura are making energetic, fresh and terroir-driven wines that are worth paying attention to. This mouthwatering expression mixes pretty floral aromatics with a hint of stone fruit, and salinity framed with perky acidity and round mouthfeel. This is clean, delicious drinking and super recommended!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2015 Domaine Marcel Lapierre "Cuvée Camille" Morgon
Review Date: 05-24-2017
Cuvee Camille is a real beauty! Here you have a Burgundian-esqe bottle of Morgon with complexity that comes in layers of concentrated ripe berry fruit and plum, with a streak of earthy funkiness, and clove spice. Firmly structured with fine tannins and zippy acidity, this is a wine that shows power and finesse and is one not to be missed from the 2015 vintage!

2015 Domaine Marcel Lapierre "Cuvée Lapierre MMXV" Morgon
Review Date: 05-24-2017
Grown from 100+ year old vines, here you have a stellar and delicious expression from Morgon. Intensely perfumed with inviting aromas of berry fruit and orange spice, this wine shows amazing layers of luscious fruit reminiscent of pomegrante and fig. Coupled with serious structure and depth, this is a bottle built to hold, but will open up for the impatient drinker (like me) with a good hour decant. This is a splurgey Beaujolais worth the investment! Super recommended!
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
VN 94

2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-a-Vent Les Thorins"
Review Date: 05-18-2017
Packing a hedonistic punch is the full-bodied Moulin a Vent Les Thorins. This is a beautifully structured wine showing lots of power and concentration with notes of plum and cherry. The finish is long, with ripe, perfectly integrated tannins and shows a Burgundian-like earthiness. Big and beautiful, this has plenty of aging potential, but will still be an amazing drinking partner with a charcuterie platter tonight.
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2014 Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne "Les Deux Terres"
Review Date: 04-19-2017
Drinking supremely fresh and inviting is the "Les Deux Terres" or "the two lands" which is a perky and delicious blend of 75% Cru Beaujolais and 25% Bourgogne rouge. With notes of black cherry and clove spice, the entry displays bright ripe red fruits, but has enough structure and layers to please even the most skeptical Gamay drinker. A super pick for your next picnic!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Gut Hermannsberg Blanc de Blanc Sekt Nahe (Dry)
Review Date: 04-12-2017
This is my new favorite sparkling wine under $20! Made with a super elegant blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Blanc, this is clean and fresh on the palate. The mousse is fine followed by a rich, creamy texture and delicious notes of stone fruit. Perfect Spring/Summer time bubbles. Super Recommended!!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2013 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza
Review Date: 03-29-2017
Never mind Napa, here's a Ribera Del Duero to sink your teeth into! This bold Tempranillo shows power and intensity from start to finish. Framed with ripe, red berry fruit and dark flavored spices, this is lush on the palate with a fine tannin finish. What a killer steakhouse wine, that won't break the bank! Recommended!

2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Saint-Amour
Review Date: 03-09-2017
The classically structured 2014 vintage has been an absolute treat for Beaujolais drinkers, and this Saint Amour is one that is distinctive and expressive showing interesting layers of spice, seductive red fruit, minerality and flora. This is one of my absolute favs in our Beaujolais section right now. Super recommended!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 RP 91

2014 Patrice Rion Cote de Nuits Village
Review Date: 03-09-2017
Here's a great sophisticated dinner party wine option! Elegant, fragrant and classically structured, this is a Cote de Nuit done well. The palate offers fresh red fruits with a touch of earthy minerality and spice. Perfect of immediate consumption, the wine presents a lean, smooth body with silky, round tannins making this a great sipper. Recommended!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine René Lequin-Colin Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-09-2017
Here's a great entry point into the world of red Burgundy! Sourced from two organically certified parcels in Santenay, this simple, classically structured wine offers a lean, bright exuberance with fruit notes of wild strawberries and red cherries with a dash of lingering pepper. This is the perfect wine for your Spring time dinner tonight!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Thomas Morey Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 02-22-2017
Another well-made, super-value white Burgundy contender is the 2014 Thomas Morey Bourgogne Blanc. This wine has a delicious nose, ripe with spice, citrus and stonefruit. The palate shows a good balance of richness vs. acidity, with generous layers of green apple, wet stone and salinity. Overall, a totally solid release!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-10-2017
Arthur is steeped in aromas of light toasted spice with a hint of vanilla. Showing it's Burgundian roots with an elegant, and restrained approach to the rich and creamy style of Chardonnay, the mid-palate exhibits a clarity of pear and apple fruit and shows plenty of depth with an intriguing stoney minerality that drinks absolutely deliciously! A super quality for the price, and super recommended!

2015 Averaen (Banshee) Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-10-2017
Killer value Pinot from Willamette! Earthy, spicy, rich and deliciously nuanced, with dark red fruit flavors, lush texture, good acidity and silky tannins. A must try!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Jean-Michel Dupre "1935" Morgon
Review Date: 01-03-2017
$15 Morgon? Wow, this is just an amazing bargain and value that comes from some of the regions finest terroir! Showing off a very pretty nose of ripe berries and plum, the wine exhibits depth with a mix of crowd pleasing fruit flavors, spice, structure and voluminous body. Buy a case, drink some now and hold some for later. You won't be sorry!

2015 Les Freres Perroud "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly
Review Date: 10-14-2016
Tis’ the season for family, turkey and Beaujolais! Here’s a super-crowd-pleasing, fruity and mineral-driven top value pick for Thanksgiving festivities from brothers Perroud. Made in tribute to their father, this expression is vibrant with forward, bright, ripe, red fruit that has lush texture and a streak of granite-like minerality that shines through beautifully. Cheerful, bright and ready to drink – wine doesn’t get easier or more enjoyable to share than this!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Artuke "Pies Negros" Rioja
Review Date: 09-08-2016
"In grapes we trust" is the motto of Rioja n' Roll - the new school of young winemakers in Rioja of which Artuke are a part. Their philosophy is to make wine with respect for origin and terroir, and celebrate the Rioja wine region, but without the rigidity of past rules. The result is a wine that has a burst of energy from start to finish. Starting with a pretty, vibrant nose, the wine continues to deliver no shortage of fresh, juicy flavors of black cherry and herbs. This is just a totally enjoyable drinker. Super recommended!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2009 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 04-07-2016
Riesling fans will want to splurge on this one! The Cuvée Frédéric Émile is a beautiful Riesling drinking incredibly well and showing a deliciously liberal expression. Fueled with all the classic hallmarks -- aromas of petrol and citrus blossom, generous acidity and stony minerality, a mid-palate rich with tropical fruit and weighted texture -- this wine just plain delivers. The finish is a mix of zesty, salty fruit that just lingers and lingers. A lovely wine, well worth the $50 price point.

Jean-Louis Denois "Tradition" Extra Brut Reserve
Review Date: 02-28-2016
Looking for a super deal on bubbles, this sparkler offers a whole lot of bang for your buck! Elegant enough to toast any occasion and perfectly priced for parties, this is crisp, clean drinking balanced by a lovely layer of fruit that shines through nicely. Super recommended!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 02-15-2016
Cab fans, don't miss out on this killer $10 screw top! Full bodied, dark fruited, and plummy with cedar notes, this wine is an easy drinker with plenty of delicious, juicy fruit and bright acidity. Showing fine tannin on the finish, this makes for one perfect burger wine or everyday cab drinkers delight. Do yourself a favor and pick up a case!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Jean Josselin "Cuvée des Jean" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-12-2016
Here's an any occasion Champagne at a remarkable price, this is sharp, clean and refreshing. Displaying plenty of mouthwatering acidity mixed with mandarin and white peach notes, this shows really nice purity that makes for a super value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Especial Rioja
Review Date: 12-15-2015
What a treat to follow up on the 2005 Lesmos Reserva with this 2005 Especial Reserva 50/50 blend of Mazuelo and Tempranillo. Here you have the same great vintage year, but with a tasty twist. The nose is fueled with fresh pencil shavings and exudes ripe berry fruit. On the palate the fruit intensity steps up with notes of raspberries, cranberries and a slight star anise bitter note. Offering a healthy medium viscosity, and displaying a good mix of acidity and tannin, this wine is fit for dinner tonight while showing great potential to hold on to for a bit. This is a lovely bottle of Rioja and well-priced at $30 bucks. Don't miss out!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 11-29-2015
Here's a top holiday pick for the sheer quality to value! Providing a light, elegant entry marked with a streak of refreshing acidity and hint of stone fruit, this is a perfect go-to party bubble. Recommended for any occasion big or small!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Pierre Paillard "Les Parcelles" Grand Cru Extra Brut Bouzy Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2015
Light, bright and golden on the eyes, this delicate champagne displays tight, creamy bubbles with the aroma of fresh, zesty citrus peel. On the mouth, the entry is marked with lively acidity, a hint of toast, wet stone and green apple. Poised and pretty, this is a super treat and a perfect celebratory cuvée at a well-priced $50 mark. Super recommended!
Price: $48.99 Add To Cart
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Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Quebranta Premium Pisco (750ml)
Review Date: 10-05-2015
Taste the terroir of Peru with this single varietal Quebranta, one of the strongest yet non-aromatic of the 8 designated varietals that can be used to make pisco. What quebranta lacks in aroma more than makes up for with rich, texture and complex flavors of sweet fried plantains, almonds and pepper. The full body of this spirit makes it a great emulsifier and perfect for making Pisco Sours, or it would work just fine alone as a soothing, slow tropical sipper.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Moscatel Premium Pisco (750ml)
Review Date: 10-05-2015
Of the single vintage 2012 Capurro piscos, the Moscatel, an offshoot of the Muscat grape, has the aromatic scent of orange blossoms and honeydew. The mouthfeel displays medium richness and develops into a spicy, dry, smooth finish. Sip alone to enjoy a true farm-to-bottle experience with the unique personality of one of Peru's top varietals! Delicious stuff.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Torontel Premium Pisco (750ml)
Review Date: 10-05-2015
From the organic and sustainable vineyards of Peru, here is a single varietal expression of Torrontes called Torontel with pronounced aromatics of jasmine, citrus, and fresh herbs. This is the most feminine of the trio of 2012 single varietals. Clean on the entry, the mouthfeel is pure and fresh with a slight pepper bite and develops a hint of sweetness on the long, round finish. This is a perfect candidate for a pisco punch cocktail or to sip alone.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Capurro Estate Grown Single Vintage Acholado Premium Pisco (750ml)
Review Date: 10-05-2015
Tropical and unique, Capurro's family blend of grapes called Acholado is a clear, colorless and delicious spirit exploring complex notes of dried grass, flora, pepper and light stone fruit flavors. This is an excellent choice to play with your standard tiki recipes and mix something truly exotic. Have some fun!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 08-03-2015
Rioja fans take note! When "wine geeks" say that great bargains can be found in Spanish wines, this is exactly what they are taking about. At 20 bucks, you'll get a delicious example of a reserva from the excellent 2005 vintage! The wine is the color of deep maroon and radiates the scent of cherry soda and sandalwood. On the palate, the flavors are more restrained, with notes of dark fruit reminiscent of fig and plum. Slightly peppered with clove and hints of tobacco, the body is medium, silky, and round with just enough fine tannin to keep everything delicately in balance. This is super drinkable tonight, and definitely worth putting a few bottles in your cellar for years to come. Super recommended!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-17-2015
Now this is a whiskey to get excited about. The sensation of flavor is an American hybrid marrying qualities of bourbon and Scotch. This sits in the glass with deep hues of burnt orange. The nose on this whiskey is totally delicious with fruity notes of tangerine, freshly cut fennel, and dried apple. The mid-palate is clean, soft and delivers characteristics reminiscent of cream soda, all culminating in a spiced, toasty rich finish. Get a bottle while they last!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 06-27-2015
No one's going to burst your bubble here. If you have Champagne taste on a shoestring budget, this might be the perfect antidote. With a killer price point, fun flavors of strawberry-orange, and a tart lively finish this bottle is an amazing value and super versatile. This would be the perfect choice to accompany a bucket of fried chicken, bring to a pancake brunch or just sip while binge watching Orange is the New Black.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2002 Ruinart "Dom Ruinart" Brut Rosé Champagne (ship as 1.5L)
Review Date: 06-01-2015
Swoon-worthy wine alert! Here is an absolutely delectable champagne that holds the perfect marriage of power and elegance. Sourced from Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs in a stellar 2002 vintage, this champagne glistens with the color of pink copper and exudes layered aromas of fresh pastry, spice and roses. On the mouth flavors of cherry and orange blossom shine through to a glowing and a "savor the moment" kind of finish.

2013 Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-10-2015
Faithful to a minimalist approach to winemaking, the 2013 Foxen Santa Maria Valley bottling is a fine example of the distinct and quality fruit that grows in this cool climate region. Powerful yet lean, the wine is laced with inviting scents of wild strawberry and cherries. On the palate the wine shows layers of red fruit, cinnamon, cloves and explodes with a fresh and bright intensity that makes this a pleasure to drink. Grab a couple bottles today as this is a keeper that should age gracefully for the next 10 years.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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Westland American Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 04-03-2015
Now here's a truly distinct and cool American whisky hailing from Seattle that will capture the hearts of craft whisky drinkers and beer nerds alike. Mixing tried and true old style Scottish pot distilling techniques with uniquely Pacific Northwestern malts and Belgian brewers yeast, Westland produces a libation with complex aromas — rich with scents reminiscent of fruit and spices. The body is robust yet smooth and easy-drinking with healthy doses of root beer and cocoa. This is delicious and a must for super, satisfying sipping. American single malt is here folks, take a dram.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-29-2015
Decadence on a budget! Here's a delightfully rich Champagne with an aroma of a freshly baked baguette, lemons and herbs. It's taste is plush and broad at one end and then fresh and lemony, grapefruity at the other leaving a well balanced round finish. This would be a top pick for an indulgent Champagne breakfast or a simple brunch time toast! Santé
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Rare Wine Company Historic Series "New York" Malmsey Madeira
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Here's an absolutely delicious treat and a lovely example of a classic sweet Madeira made from the Malvasia grape. Rich in color and luscious in body with notes of toasted hazelnuts, toffee and dates. This would make an excellent pairing with any nutty dessert.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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